set of 4 Wagner operas, intended to be performed during the course of 4 successive evenings
festival that continues to stage the music dramas of Wagner
musical work for the stage in which all the arts function in harmony
artistic union; total art work
famous aria sung by the expiring Isolde at the end of Tristan und Isolde
brief, distinctive unit of music designed to represent a character, object, or idea, which returns repeatedly in order to show how the drama is unfolding; typical leitmotifs represent: "longing," "desire,"and "ecstasy"